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drift away

(from someone ) Fig. [for someone] to begin to be less of a friend and more like a stranger. (See also drift away (from someone or something).) He began drifting away from me a few months ago, andlhaven'tseenhim at all in the last three weeks.
See also: away, drift

drift away

(from someone or something ) [for floating people, animals, or things] to move away from a particular person or thing, on the surface of water. (See also .) We watched the boat drift away from us. He was drifting away on the ice block and there was nothing we could do.
See also: away, drift
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Not wanting him to drift away with his own new language full of mysterious words like `par,' `birdie' and `rough,' I said I would, too.
The results is that clubs are beginning to worry that young cricketers will drift away from the game because of the lack of action.
Their boat began to drift away from the island and the man disappeared from sight as he tried to reach it.
Gaill suggests that the tube worm embryos that drift away from the vents or are carried upward by the vent's heated plume quickly reach cool water, enter a state of arrested development, and then ride the ocean currents until they reach a suitably warm spot to continue their growth.
Catherine Harris told of the heartbreaking moment she had to let one of her dead sons drift away.
The authors contend that by trying to excel at too many things, great companies drift away from their knitting.
So beautiful is Mendelssohn's music that one could drift away on a cloud and lose sight of the message; for there is a message there and it is this: the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel answers prayer.
Even if today, as Showalter notes, the quilt has "transcended the stigma of its sources in women's culhire" and become the "central metaphor of American cultural identity" (215), that generalizing drift away from a certain womanly specificity has not diminished its appeal as a kind of ground for certain groups, particularly women's.
The man who founded The Wine Spectator and added Cigar Aficionado is watching his ash grow longer as cigar buffs drift away like smoke through the window.
Five minutes later another header saw the points drift away from Town's promotion challenge.
Murray Polner and Jim O'Grady note that, as in so many other 1960s organizations, "the movement's women were the first to drift away from the ultra-resistance movement.
The crowd began to drift away soon after the 12:01 a.
When I was forty-five I lay for hours beside a pool, the green hazy springtime water, and watched the salamanders coupling, how they drifted lazily with their little hands floating almost aimlessly in and out of the shadows, fifteen or twenty of them, and suddenly two would dart together and clasp one another belly to belly the way we do, and then would let go and drift away again at peace, lazily, in the green pool that was their world and for a while was mine.
When the couple returned to Washington, they did drift away from party politics, but Sylvia remained an underground member.
Fine argues that social leaders can choose to take a leap into this historic moment when the passion of activism meets the new culture and tools of connectedness in purposeful, and positive ways or they can let it pass them by, assume that its only for young people or technophiles, and wonder why public policies and public concerns continue to drift away from the needs and interests of most people.